About The Program
The Ded Unskanpi Adult Basic Education Program seeks to address a critical gap in the education pathway for Native students. Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a foundational pathway, often bridging the gap between a student dropping out of high school and pursuing high school equivalency (HSE) certification. ABE supports students in developing the literacy and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in an HSE program and continue on the pathway to college, meaningful employment, and healthy lives.
The American Indian College Fund’s Ded Unskanpi Adult Basic Education Program provides ABE support to existing College Fund HSE TCU partners. This support is tailored to each TCU, but may include ABE class and course development, professional development or training for staff, materials and resources for students, support in hosting ABE events, staff salary support, programming support, and basic student needs support such as transportation, childcare, food access, and internet access. Ded Unskanpi can be translated from Dakota to “we start here”. Its meaning highlights all pre-college pathways, particularly Adult Basic Education and literacy programming as essential first steps to students’ success in an HSE program, college, career, and life.
Oglala Lakota College
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Salish Kootenai College
Sinte Gleska University
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
My name is Cassandra Harden. I am a graduated from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) with an associate’s degree in early childhood education who is currently working as a Tribal College and University (TCU) research intern for the College Fund.
In the life of a parent, there is so much to keep up with that it can be easy to forget to slow down and enjoy the ride. I have to take a moment and remind myself that the children are only going to be this small once. Some day, my boys are going to be grown and start families of their own.
Our Parent Photo Voice team had the great honor of having Walatowa Headstart Program Manager, Lana Toya, enlighten us with their Photo Voice project and journey. Lana shared information on the project’s foundation, development, motivation and their efforts to transform a head start to a language immersion program in Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico.
Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones & K’é Family Engagement Initiative Presents: “SIPI YDI Community Planting Event”
The Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones and K’é Family Engagement Initiatives presents Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute “YDI Community Planting Event” held on Tuesday April 28th, 2015 from 4:30-6:00pm. This event took place just west of the SIPI/YDI center in the YDI heritage garden.